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Kyaka North MP, Kyegegwa CAO Cited in Rice Distribution Dispute

In September 2018 and March this year, residents of Nkaakwa Parish in Hapuuyo Sub County, Kyegegwa District, were hit by a hailstorm that destroyed houses and several gardens of food crops. Consequently, Asaba was asked to write to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness under the Office of the Prime Minister – OPM, for relief.
25 Oct 2019 15:48
One of the houses that was destoryed by hailstorm in Nkaakwa Parish, Hapuuyo Sub County, in Kyegegwa ditrict in March. Rice that was sent from OPM as relief to the victims was allegedly politicized and the intended recipients didn't recieve it.

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Kyaka North Member of Parliament Paul Nsabimana Asaba and the Kyegegwa Chief Administrative Officer Steven Oloya, have been cited in controversies surrounding the supply of rice to hailstorm victims. 

In September 2018 and March this year, residents of Nkaakwa Parish in Hapuuyo Sub County, Kyegegwa District, were hit by a hailstorm that destroyed houses and several gardens of food crops.  Consequently, Asaba was asked to write to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness under the Office of the Prime Minister – OPM, for relief. 

In response, the Office of the Prime Minister sent them 500 bags of 50 kilograms of rice. Kyegegwa Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Gonzaga Tumukugize told URN that the rice was distributed to all affected families in 3,280 households, across 13 villages in Nkaakwa Parish. He says each of the families received seven kilograms of rice. 

But a number of affected persons in Nkaakwa and Hapuuyo Sub County said they had not received any relief food items from the distributing teams. Several others said that they had received five kilograms of rice and not seven as the distribution reports indicate, while a few non-victims said they had benefited from the supplies, contrary to the guidelines from the Office of the Prime Minister.

Bubisi Village Chairman Godwin Nzabiraha says the village with more than 800 households was given only 50 bags of rice without any list of who should benefit and who should not. As a result, they gave out a bag to each group of ten residents, save for the five which were shared among the village executive members and senior citizens. 

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Hapuuyo LC III chairman, Richard Asiimwe, says that the lack of transparency in the supply process was in every village adding that most of the intended beneficiaries were still not helped. 

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Rachel Kyomuhendo, the Hapuuyo Sub County Chief accuses the area MP Paul Nsabimana Asaba pf politicizing the process.  But Asaba said that it wasn't a must for everyone to get a share on the rice. 

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Julius Mucunguzi, the OPM Spokesperson, says that the CAO should be able to produce all the details about how it was supplied, who received and which quantity.